Vishuddha Siddhanta Panjika
is an almanac
that was first published in 1297 Bengali
AD). Madhab Chandra Chattopadhyay of the then Bengal
of undivided India
was the first editor.
Why a new almanac?
The 19th century Bengali
almanacs though gave details of tithi
etc. were generally not in conformity with the actual position of planets
in the sky. A true panjika
has to tally with the scientific observation. To meet this end, prominent astrologers
of that time viz., almanac reformist of Orissa
Mahamahopadhyay Chandrashekhar Sinha Samanta, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak
, Western India, Scriptural scholars like Bapudev Shastri and Ketkar, experts like Kashi Madan Mohan Malaviya
, Mahamahopadhyay Maheshchandra Nyayaratna, Sasadhar Tarkachudamani, Acharya
Yogesh Chandra Roy Vidyanidhi of Bengal advised the publication of Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac.
Approval and adoption
Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac is recognized by scholars of scriptures such as Deshikottama Dr Srijiv Nyayaratna, Mathematics
scholar Nirmal Chandra Lahiri, internationally known scientist Prof Megh Nad Saha
, et al.
This almanac is approved and followed by Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi matha, Sri Tarakeshwar Math, world-wide Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Satsanga Ashrama of Deoghar and Other religious organisations.
The very fact that the calculations of the almanac are fully done with the help of computers show the accuracy of the renderings and therefore the timing of the puja
for different occasions also are free from any mistake. Hence the Indian national calendar
(Rashtriya Panchang) published by the Government of India
fully tallies with the almanac.
What it contains
Vishuddha siddhanta panjika provides articles on astrology
; besides, annual predictions for the nation on a variety of subjects ranging from agriculture
, predictions on individual lagnas
, and annual predictions on the basis of birth-stars. There are other regular sections like vedic
months and dates from the Indian national calendar
Daily declination of the Sun, equation of time, sidereal time, planetary aspects, correct times of the eclipses, rising and setting times of the moon in different places, rising and setting times of the sun in Kolkata and seven other cities, monthly description of the night sky and locations of the stars and planets with explanatory sky maps are also given. The dates of the main celebrations for the coming year are mentioned. An important addition is the dates of birth & passing away of many savants and saints of India irrespective of denominational adherence.